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Trauma Informed and Antiracist Workshops

uc?export=download&id=1r0w8uFSTbohHXzEOgW2M7GBpsV6Rei9F&revid=0B1bWnPjqPNf_TVh3a0ltSzBYSUUwWUpjWURrbmZ5VEkvWTMwPQ&profile=RESIZE_710xTrauma Informed Care: From Suicide to Social-Emotional Learning is FREE to Passaic County Educators and Passaic County residents (thanks to a Passaic Co. Board of Mental Health Grant) and open to others for a fee.    
(Runs for 7 sessions, every other week from 1/19 - 4/13/21 via Zoom and will be recorded for asynchronous learning.) For anyone wanting to better understand a trauma informed framework that brings all of our loose ends in mental health together in a way that makes sense.  From emergency risk assessments to building a sustainable community of care through restorative practices, SEL, and antiracism, we will explore a framework that puts solutions into practice.
If interested in a preview, will be presenting at NJSBA Virtual Workshop 2020 in October.
Antiracist Advocacy for Equity in Policy and Practice  from 1/11/ - 6/28/21 over 13 sessions every other week via Zoom.  For anyone interested in taking the journey to re-explore the origins of our racial divide, understand how trauma is passed down through generations, and learn the steps to stop racist policy and practice.
Both workshops are free to youth 18- to 24-years-old.
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Is God Funky or What? The Dynamics of Power, Music, and Black Healing

A Four-part Web Series

Part 1: Thursday, October 1, 7:30pm-8:30pm


Livestream and Q&A:


At a time when the disproportionate effects of COVID-19, policing, and disenfranchisement of communities of color have been laid bare, we will examine the dynamic interplay of race, protest, music, healing, religion, and post-colonial theory.


Dr. Micheal Viega (John J. Cali School of Music, Music Therapy) and Dr. Kate E. Temoney, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Religion) invite you to participate in a one-hour web series inspired by the 2019 book by Dr. Theodore W. Burgh: Is God Funky or What? Black Biblical Culture and Contemporary Popular MusicDr. Burgh is a musician, archeologist, and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. This is the inaugural event of a four-part web series during the 2020-2021 academic year, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions (and maybe even hear a note or two). This event is free and open to the public.

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Descriptive Inquiry Research Project

Descriptive Inquiry Research Project
Dr. Maria Cioe'-Pena (Montclair State University) is seeking school level participation in a year long study to begin in fall 2021, as follows:
I am interested in finding a school partner with a predominantly Latinx population from across the Latin American diaspora that can engage in developing a collaborative teacher community grounded in descriptive inquiry (DI). The goal of the project is to see if a process like DI can lead to academic growth and increased social-emotional support for Latinx English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities. Additionally, I am interested in understanding how the collaborative community developed through the DI processes can help teachers feel more supported thus leading to increased teacher satisfaction and teacher retention. 
This would be a great opportunity for a school to develop their own in-house community of expert teachers who can lead the charge in decreasing inequality for children of color, ELLs, and children with disabilities within their schools and potentially their district as a whole. 
Thanks again for your ongoing support. 
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At a time of planetarian stasis, it may seem odd to talk about transnationalism; and, yet, more than ever, we have become aware of the interconnections existing around the world. What insights can a transnational model offer us to critically rethink cultural and socio-economic relationships while keeping in mind older forms of border crossing (colonialism, imperialism, historical diasporas) and also the contemporary circulation of people, goods and ideas (mass migrations, global markets, social media networks)?

Join us on Sun. Oct. 4 (3pm EST) for Transnational Italian Studies within Transnational Modern Languages: A Book and Handbook Presentation in conversation with the authors (Charles Burdett, Loredana Polezzi, Derek Duncan and Jennifer Burns), moderated by Teresa Fiore with the contributions of Giulia Riccò and Serena Bassi.   

This online event is of relevance to students, faculty, and scholars in, among others, Modern/World Languages, Global/International Studies, Education, Social Sciences, Arts and the Humanities, Communication and Environmental Studies, Business, as well as members of the community at large with an interest in multiple forms of belonging and exchange across languages, cultures and nations.

For more information, see WEBPAGE and FLYER . RSVP HERE.
See also future events on the 2020-21 Inserra calendar of events.

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Dear K-12 education stakeholders,

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary Frank Brogan for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education we are sending this invitation to a virtual webinar with a panel discussion on successful strategies used to reopen schools around the country. A geographically diverse group of education practitioners will discuss how they prepared for and executed opening their schools while sharing how they overcame difficulties along the way. This forum is meant to engage all types of K-12 education leaders as they consider creative ways to help students learn this fall.

This webinar will be held online on Wednesday, September 23 from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm EST.

Web Link: Due to high demand, we have secured additional access space. A participant may join the webinar at at the time of the event.

If you have already registered, the directions you received in your email are still valid.

Office of Communications and Outreach
U.S. Department of Education

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Date: October 14th 5:30-7:30 EST


Title: Teachers as Deputies: Confronting ableism, racism & linguicism in schools.
Opening Act: TBD
Speakers: Drs. Subini Annamma and Maria Cioè-Peña
Moderators: Drs. Tanya Maloney and Bree Picower of Montclair State University

Host: MSU’s College of Education and Human Services Dean’s Office
Co-Sponsors: Department of Teaching and Learning, Center of Pedagogy, MSU Network for Educational Renewal, MSU’s ADP Center

Description: During this webinar, Drs. Annamma and Cioè-Peña will reflect on their experiences as teachers and teacher educators and share their research on the ways that systems of oppression such as racism, ableism and linguicism cause harm to students in schools.  While they will critique the current systems, they will also engage each other in freedom dreaming about what a classroom ecology that allows all children to thrive could look like, and discuss ways that teachers can join this struggle for justice no matter their setting or stage of career.  

Subini Annamma is an Associate Professor at Stanford University who examines the interdependent nature of racism and ableism and how intersectional injustice impacts education in urban schools and youth prisons.

María Cioè-Peña is a bilingual/biliterate researcher and educator who examines the intersections of disability, language, school-parent partnerships and education policy, focusing specifically on Latinx bilingual children with dis/abilities, their families and their ability to access multilingual and inclusive learning spaces within public schools.

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Restarting and Reinventing School for Equitable and Empowering Learning

Hosted by the Learning Policy Institute

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
2:30–3:30 p.m. ET


The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly expanded awareness of the deep and long-standing inequities in the U.S. education system—from access to technology, to school funding, to access to quality instruction and supportive learning environments. As we consider how to restart education for the country’s students during a global pandemic, this moment also holds the possibility of reinventing a deeply flawed system so that, as we return to “normal,” we will not also return to the inequitable status quo.

This webinar features prominent education and civil rights leaders who will discuss how policymakers, educators, and advocates can seize this moment to rethink school in ways that can transform learning experiences and close opportunity and achievement gaps.

The webinar will highlight a recent Learning Policy Institute report, Restarting and Reinventing School: Learning in the Time of COVID and Beyond, that provides research, state and local examples, and policy recommendations in 10 key areas to serve as a framework to help schools reinvent themselves around principles of equity, authentic learning, and stronger relationships. Speakers will discuss how to:

  • Close the digital divide and allocate resources to leverage learning opportunities
  • Support equitable, effective, and empowering teaching and learning regardless of the medium
  • Address instructional loss by accelerating learning, rather than tracking and remediating  
  • Ensure attention to the needs of the whole child
  • Foster a strong, stable, and diverse educator workforce

A Q&A will follow the moderated conversation.


  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute
  • John B. King Jr., President, Education Trust
  • Abby Schachner, Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute
Additional speakers to be added.

Registration is required. Can't make it during the scheduled time?
Register anyway, and we'll email you the recording afterward!
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As we begin the 2020-21 school year, now is a great time to review the schedule of events and register for one or all three days! 
  • All sessions will be held on Zoom.
  • Attendees can join a breakout session live, or watch a recorded version at their convenience.
  • Keynotes by George Couros and Zaretta Hammond will be recorded and may be viewed live or at a later time. However, the interview and live Q and A with Captain “Sully” Sullenberger will not be recorded.
  • Those who register for one-day-only will only have access to the live presentation or recordings of that day’s sessions. Three-day registrants will have access to all conference sessions, live or recorded.
  • Please review this schedule of all keynotes and virtual workshop sessions. After you register, you will be sent more information on how to join the conference live and attend your sessions.
  • The schedule was built with flexibility in mind, so you can attend as many sessions as you can live from your office or wherever is most convenient and still have the ability to work between sessions. If you have to miss a session, that’s OK. You can always watch the recording later.

  • NJPSA Members: $292 (3-day)   $149 (1-day)
  • Non-members $345 (3-day)   $195 (1-day)
  • Retired NJPSA Members: $200 (3-day)   $125 (1-day)
2020 NJPSA/FEA/NJASCD Fall Conference - Schedule
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Keynote - George Couros - Building Resiliency Through The Innovator’s Mindset 
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Workshop Breakout Session 1
  1. SPECIAL SESSION: Creating Blended Learning Environments - George Couros
  2. Supporting Challenging Students: Mental Illness and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) - Dumar Burgess and Aaron Edwards
  3. Creating Effective ESL and Bilingual Program - Julie Ochoa
  4. Formative Assessment: An Essential Tool for Hybrid Teaching and Learning - Janet Ciarrocca
  5. LEGAL ONE Session - David Nash, Esq. and Sandra Jacques, Esq.
  6. Retirement Seminar - Robert Murphy
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Workshop Breakout Session 2
  1. Arts Integration for Non Art Classroom - Kim Tucker
  2. Principal As a Coach - Tom Marshall
  3. Standards Based Grading & Assessment That Boosts Student Achievement - Jack Marcellus
  4. Looking at The Man In The Mirror: Exploring the Effects Our Implicit Biases Have on Our Practice and the Move Towards Positive Change - Jennifer Minaya-Osemwegie 
  5. Our Journey with CAR: How One School Experienced a Rebirth of Teaching and Learning - Tom Conroy, Christina Scaduto, Dena Dias, and Christin Morales
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshop Breakout Session 3
  1. Education, Can You Hear Me Now? Using Podcasts in the Classroom - Joseph Stefanelli and Rebecca Decker
  2. Persistent Leadership Challenges and Evolving Issues during COVID-19 and Beyond - Dr. Adele Macula, Marie Adair, Dr. Bari Erlichson, Joanne Kerekes, and Willa Spicer
  3. Building Communities Through Restorative Practices - Robyn Ivanisik
  4. Beyond Woke: Doing the work to address trauma, build cultural capacity and create opportunity for positive relationships in our schools - Tracie E. Morrison
  5. Technology as Friend or Foe? Strategies for Distance Learning in Early Childhood Education - Andrew Coban, Nicole Shanklin, Michael Vargas, and Stephen Puglia
  6. PLC + LMS = Personalized Staff & Student Learning = Successful COVID Caused Distance Learning - Dr. Michael Vinella and Mathew Hanas
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Keynote - Zaretta Hammond - The Roots and Wings of Resilience When Leading for Equity
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Workshop Breakout Sessions 1
  1. SPECIAL SESSION: Staying Rooted in Instructional Equity During Distance Learning - Zaretta Hammond
  2. Engaging the Whole Family - Dr. John J. Cafagna and Dr. Kirk Rickansrud
  3. VOICES: How One District Shifted From Neutral to Zoom-ing Ahead to Strengthen Teaching, Leading, and Learning in the Face of COVID Closure - Emil Carafa, Susan Gilbert, and Jeannine Lanphear
  4. LEGAL ONE Seminar - David Nash, Esq. and Sandra Jacques, Esq.
  5. Retirement Seminar - Robert Murphy
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Breakout Workshop Session 2
  1. What the Virtual Learning “Pilot”, Created during the Pandemic, Means to the Future of Schools - Rick Cave
  2. Doing School Differently: Time For Change is Now - Jay Billy
  3. Addressing Trauma and ACEs Through Healing Centered Engagement: Now More Than Ever! - Thomas Barclay, Susan Coyle, and Rosie Grant
  4. The Feedback Process - Dr. Robert Price, Kim Tucker, and Dr. Julie Glazer
  5. Reimagining the Gifted and Talented Identification Process to Increase Equity and Access - Jane Losinger, Bruce Preston, and Erin Fedina
  6. Sharing Your Story Utilizing Social Media and Branding in the Digital Age - Scott Pasner
  7. Supporting Student Engagement and Attendance in a Virtual Learning Environment - Mary Beth Currie and Vicki Duff
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Breakout Workshop Session 3
  1. Rise & Shine: NJPAC’s Collaborative and Core Values Based Approach to Virtual Arts Programming - Lisa Gunn-Becker, Sheikia “Purple” Norris, and Ashley Mandaglio
  2. Leading with Brand Clarity During Times of Challenge - Trish Rubin
  3. Addressing Anxiety and School Refusal: A Journey Through Creating a Therapeutic Program - Jessica Gluck and Ray Renshaw
  4. High School, It's Not Just About Grades - Dr. Kwame Morton and Allison Staffin
  5. Culturally Responsive Guide to Non-Racist Communication - Robin Harden Daniels
  6. Using Digital Tools to Inform Instruction - Michele Papa
  7. The Road Back - Peggy McDonald

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Breakout Workshop Session 1
  1. SEL Through High Quality Arts Education - Bob Morrison and Kira Rizzuto
  2. School Leadership Teams: Building an Inclusive School Culture - Robin L. Moore, Ed.D.
  3. Healthy Staff Room, Healthy Classroom: Building an Impactful Staff Wellness Program that Supports, Rewards, and Inspires - William Smith and Brian Savage
  4. Teach Your Class Off: Moving Your Class From Surviving to Thriving - CJ Reynolds
  5. Creating Equity and Opportunity: Option 2 for Newcomers - JoAnne Negrin, Ed.D., Andrea Fontenez, Ed.D., and Mary Ann Mena
  6. Make It Visual: 9 AWESOME Reasons to Bring Infographics Into Your World - Jackie Frangis and Bobbie Felip
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Keynote Presenter - Captain Sullenberger
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Breakout Workshop Session 2
  1. SPECIAL SESSION: Blogging as Professional and Student Portfolio - George Couros
  2. Leading Through Crisis - Dan Simon
  3. Teaching Mathematics to English Language Learners in the General Education Classroom - Dr. Darlyne de Haan
  4. Culturally Responsive Teaching: Building a Community of Practice Through the Arts -
    JoAnne Nocera
  5. Essential Elements for Blended Learning: Maintain Continuity and Student Engagement to Accelerate Literacy - Brian Lepire
  6. LEGAL ONE Session -  David Nash, Esq. and Sandra Jacques, Esq.
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Dear Colleagues:
The following Equity in Education workshops might be of interest to you.  Registration is on a sliding scale of your choice from $0 - $xxx.  I have signed up for all three sessions.
Dear EDJE College- and School District Educators-Have you been wanting to learn more about the "Framework for Assessment and Transformation" that EDJE developed a few years ago and is now being used in several dozen schools of education?  Join our webinar on 9/25!  Description is below, followed by two other upcoming webinars and a conference that might be of interest.  All of the webinars are free and open to the public, so please feel free to share with your colleagues.  I look forward to seeing many of you on 9/25!
1) 9/25 WEBINAR ON EDJE FRAMEWORK:  The national network, Education Deans for Justice and Equity (EDJE), created a vitally important and original "Framework for Assessment and Transformation" that leaders and educators can use to build the capacity of their schools and colleges to advance justice.  In this webinar, I give an overview of EDJE and our framework, five of its guiding principles, and tips on how to use it in your own institution.  This webinar is specifically designed for educational leaders, faculty, and staff in schools and colleges of education, but is open to the public and applicable to a variety of educational institutions.  Registration is required; this webinar will not be recorded.  Friday, September 25, 12:30-1:30pmPST.  To register:
2) 9/11 WEBINAR ON CARE-ED BRIEF:  Join Christine Sleeter, Alison Dover, Ruchi Rangnath, Roxana Marachi, and me to discuss the new brief by the California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education (CARE-ED) about "The Shift to Online Education During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic."  Registration is required; this webinar will not be recorded.  Friday, September 11, 12:30-1:30pmPST.  To register:

3) 9/16 WEBINAR ON WRITING FOR THE MEDIA:  An indispensable way to push critical scholarship and progressive visions into public debate and consciousness-raising is by writing for the media, including through op-eds, letters to the editor, and press releases.  This interactive webinar shares my experiences and examples, and offers tips and resources for you to do so as well!  This webinar is open to the public, and designed specifically for educational practitioners, leaders, scholars, and advocates.  Registration is required; this webinar will not be recorded.  Wednesday, September 16, 12-1pmPST.  To register:

4) *EXTENDED* 9/30 DEADLINE FOR CONFERENCE PROPOSALS:  Because the start to the 2020-21 academic year is like no other, I have received requests to extend the deadline to submit your proposals to present at the 10th International Conference on Education and Social Justice (December 4-6, online).  This year, some of the featured sessions include speakers from around the world, tentatively including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hawai'i, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, and more!  The new (extended) deadline is Wednesday, September 30.  To submit your proposal:
Kevin Kumashiro, Ph.D.
Movement building for equity and justice in education
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CARE-ED_EdTech_Equity Blind Spots/Trends

Dear Colleagues,
I thought this might be of interest to you.
Presented as part of the CARD-ED webinar today.

CARE-ED_EdTech_Equity Blind Spots/Trends

Marilyn R. Davis|Director | Holmes Scholar 
Network for Educational Renewal | Montclair State University

Center of Pedagogy |1st Floor, Suite 1160 | 973.655.7641 (Office)
MSU Goal #5 "Collaborating to Strengthen & Sustain the Education Community"
(We either Win as a Team or Lose as Individuals - Any Given Sunday or M - F)
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Self-Paced Training Opportunities!

Immigrant Connections and English Learner Portal proudly present:
We need strong partnerships as we move forward, particularly with our immigrant and EL families, and we need the skills and resources to do so. This training is for teachers, counselors, parent liaisons, and anyone else looking for strategies to support their work in this area.

In this training, you'll:
  • explore tools and resources for EL and immigrant families to support their children’s learning at home
  • examine the benefits of partnering with refugee and immigrant organizations in the community during this time;
  • review federal requirements for providing parents with information in a language they understand and how those can be met during the pandemic; and
  • share solutions for connecting with EL and immigrant families who have been hard to reach.
(If this training sounds familiar, you're right!  I taught this course live in July and August.  The content remains the same; the only difference is that it's self-paced and includes additional readings, resources, and online discussion, which bumps it up to 5 hours.)

To register for Engaging Immigrant and EL Families in the Virtual World, click here (or the photo below).


Laura Gardner, MSW
Immigrant Connections 
Laura Gardner has nearly 20 years of experience working in education, refugee resettlement, and social work. While in education, she worked as a district level manager for immigrant family and community engagement as well as a school social worker. Laura also worked for Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) managing their national technical assistance initiative to federal Refugee School Impact Grantees. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She founded Immigrant Connections in 2017.
Enroll Now
We have two additional courses available October 1:
Click the individual links above to learn more! 
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New! P-12 Computer Science Education - Certificate (Online)
Broaden your knowledge and teaching opportunities in computer science education.

Are you teaching, preparing to teach, or interested in teaching computer science education? The College of Education and Human Services is now offering a 15-credit, fully online certificate in P-12 Computer Science Education.* Coursework will cover computer science content, including coding, programming, problem-solving through computational thinking, equity and diversity in Computer Science fields, and research-based methods of teaching Computer Science. Learn more at the P-12 Computer Science Education webinar on Wednesday, September 30 at 4 p.m. EST.
*Pending State Review. Application for Spring 2021 will be available mid-September.

Virtual Learning for Students with Disabilities - Certificate (Online)
Gain skills in the most up-to-date instructional technologies and assessment methods to affect student learning outcomes.

Montclair State University is offering an online certificate in Virtual Learning for Students with Disabilities specifically designed to address the urgent challenges teachers and students are facing right now.* The two course program includes immediately applicable tools and strategies you can transition from teaching in the classroom to providing virtual instruction. This program is not just about learning new apps and programs; it’s about understanding how to use technology to create an interesting, inviting, and engaging virtual classroom for all students. Learn more at the Virtual Learning webinar on Wednesday, September 23 at 4:30 p.m.

*Pending State Review. Students are able to take program coursework at this time by submitting a Non-Degree application to The Graduate School.

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Hello Colleagues,
This article: CARE-ED Shift to Online Education During and Beyond COVID-19 is an interesting read of the impact COVID-19 has on learning during the pandemic.  Dr. Kumashiro is an Educator in California and a member of the Education Deans for Justice and Equity.
There will also be a webinar on the impact of the Pandemic on Friday, September 11, 2020, with speakers we are all familiar with.  "The Shift to Online Education During and Beyond the Pandemic".  Speakers include Christine Sleeter, Alison Dover, Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath, Roxana Marachi, and Kevin Kumashiro.  
REGISTER HERE:  Please encourage others who might be interested to check out our brief and join the webinar.  Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!
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Reaching and Teaching English Learners,
Newcomer Students, and English Learners with Disabilities during the Pandemic

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 3pm ET
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended schooling as we know it. As schools reopen, whether virtually, in-person, or as a hybrid approach, educators are facing new challenges. Among them are providing critical services, especially for English Learners and students with disabilities. Families that are not proficient in English also face language barriers that may impede their participation in their children’s education, regardless of the approach.
Join us to learn about how educators are pivoting to make sure that English Learners, including newly arrived immigrants and students with disabilities, receive a high-quality education and other social-emotional supports under current conditions. This webinar features conversations with expert practitioners and researchers, and presents strategies that can be applied in your school or district. 
Registration is required.
Register Now
Presenters include:
  • Silvia de Ruvo - Senior Program Associate,Special Education Policy & Practice for WestEd
  • Gallia Kassiano - TESOL certified English Language Arts Teacher for Manhattan International High School
  • Lisa Tabaku - Director, Global Languages and Cultures Education, Multilingual and Dual Language Education for Center for Applied Linguistics 
Moderators include:

  • BethAnn Berliner - Senior Researcher/Project Director, WestEd
  • Maria del Rosario (Charo) Basterra - Vice President, MAEC
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The MSUNER recently facilitated a session on the topic of Supporting Students' Transition Back to School .  This session was recorded for those who would be interested in viewing it: 

Meeting Recording:
Access Passcode: ^Y?s2CMV
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